Thursday, February 11, 2010

A deer in my yard

A while back, imagine my surprise when I came home to discover there had been a deer in my yard. A real deer! My neighbor had a picture to prove it. I had been out shopping and when I got home, there was all this commotion on my block. “We don’t know where it came from,” one neighbor said. “Suddenly the dogs started barking like crazy and there’s this deer running through the neighbors’ yards.”

When I saw the picture, I marveled at how graceful the deer looked leaping through my yard. I wondered where it had come from. I live in the suburbs and there are no woods nearby. There was a lot of construction going on at the time for a new development and some land had been cleared. Had the deer been uprooted from its natural habitat? I felt sad for the deer that must have been frightened and lost at the same time. Did it ever find its way back or was there anything to go back to? I’ve often wondered what happened to that magnificent creature. Maybe there’s a story there. You never know. Have you ever had a deer in your yard?

"I like the idea that magic can be hidden under the surface of everyday life." -- Trina Schart Hyman


  1. Poor deer. I knew one when I visited Arizona in 2005.Wow!! Wonderful animal.

  2. Two summers ago I was in the kitchen and a movement made me look out the sliding glass door. For a just a flash I saw a deer tear around the side of the house, leap the four foot chain link fence, and race down the side of the drainage ditch.
    One of those mass builders had clear cut a hill off of Judson Road and built houses all the way to the top. In doing that, a small herd of deer had been driven off into our area. They must have been following the drainage ditches and one got separated.
    I always hoped it found its way back to the herd. I wish it had stopped to graze so I could have snapped a picture--great neighbor you have! I don't think my neighbor believed me when she got home from work and I told her about it.

  3. Aren't deer beautiful? So graceful. I've always wondered what happened to the one that was in my yard. I hope it found its way back home. Have a good day, Leticia.

  4. Hi Catherine,
    How cool that you had a deer in your yard too. I guess if we were in the hill country, we'd see them all the time, but here ... Yes, I was lucky that my neighbor took a picture. I don't know if I would have thought to do that at the time.